Visual Arts Immersion VCE VM

The Visual Art Immersion program uses the Visual Arts as a language through which students communicate, investigate and express themselves. It combines the VCE VM and VET certificates to create a flexible, innovative curriculum model. Students learn in a vibrant and creative environment that focuses on the individual.

Develop and refine your conceptual skills in drawing, digital imaging and design. Work with a range of materials including painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, jewellery, textiles and fashion. Apply visual arts skills to independent and group projects in the local and broader community. Learn about history, culture and industry. Attend galleries and art industry events. Work with specialists from Melbourne’s creative community.

Visual Arts Immersion VCE VM enables you to:


Study art and design full-time whilst completing your secondary schooling.


Develop artistic skills in drawing, painting, design and digital platforms.


Work one-on-one with teacher-mentors who help you communicate your ideas and achieve your creative potential.


Develop confidence, identify and use your individual strengths.

We focus on future skills required in the changing job market. We help students become confident, capable, creative individuals who know their strengthsand how to apply them in any situation.Our students have hands-on experienceof the work of an artist or designer

TestimonialsAbbey Baggio (Visual Arts Immersion Student)

“My last year at NCAT was a year full of self discovery. Finding out who I am as an artist has been such a positive journey; I’ve had so much fun learning about my strengths and weaknesses and truly just discovering what I’m passionate about.”

TestimonialsAbbey Baggio (Visual Arts Immersion Student)

“My art is a positive outlet for me and it has allowed me to discover such life-changing confidence within myself. This whole journey has changed me in the most lovely way and I’m so grateful and ready to create and trust myself with everything I create in the future.

TestimonialsLeon Alasso (Visual Arts Immersion Student)

“I truly appreciate the opportunity I had to experience a more progressive environment. During my time in the Visual Arts Immersion program I got lots of support and great encouragement to try new things and it really pushed me to discover how I could make a career though art.”

TestimonialsSarah Moss (Visual Arts Immersion Student)

“My time at NCAT is something I will never forget. Through encouragement from my teachers, I progressed faster than I could have imagined. The Visual Arts Immersion program taught me a positive work ethic, to embrace my creativity and to explore all the different mediums and pathways available.”

TestimonialsSarah Moss (Visual Arts Immersion Student)

“Since leaving NCAT, I have gone on to start my own business in the film and television industry; freelancing as a makeup artist for advertisements, feature films and television shows. I am currently working full-time in the Hair and Makeup Department of long-running Australian television show, Neighbours.”

TestimonialsSarah Moss (Visual Arts Immersion Student)

“NCAT will always feel like home for me, and I will always be thankful for the uplifting advice I constantly received from my teachers - pushing me in the right direction while giving me the space to improve myself self-sufficiently.

TestimonialsSam Larsen (Visual Arts Immersion Student)

“I’m currently studying a Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration at RMIT and I wouldn’t be here without the incredible knowledge and support from all of the teachers that had a hand in my education. I can never speak highly enough about the opportunities I’ve been given and I recommend it to any creative inspired person who wants to excel in their area.

TestimonialsNatasha Stamos (Media Teacher)

“Within the Visual Arts umbrella we also have the Arts Immersion program which is a vocational learning program where students are in a studio environment for four days a week. They also get all their literacy and numeracy through that.

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Course Structure

The course is structured to maximise creative thinking space and support artwork development. The days are not divided into separate sessions, so students can concentrate fully on their creative research and art making. Literacy and numeracy skills are mostly developed and embedded through practical application to creative projects.

Studio Practice

For two days a week, students work on individual design processes, learning to express their ideas and achieve their artistic goals in a studio environment. Teacher mentors work with students to gradually increase their ability to manage their own skill building, time and creative output. With the focused practical days, students have sufficient time to develop their own ideas, experiment with a broad range of art forms and reach their artistic potential. Students attend exhibitions throughout Melbourne, working towards a student group exhibition in a professional gallery space at the end of each year.


For a full day each week, students are guided through technical sessions, designed to improve understanding and application of artistic tools, materials and key artistic concepts. Students learn from professional guest artists and designers in a range of settings. Students undertake at least one collaborative project, working with other students to develop and realise a shared vision. Students can elect into visual arts, design or photography Workshops.

Creative Enterprise

Students learn to apply their creative skills to product design and development. They learn essential business skills such as marketing, costing materials and making a profit. Students learn to apply technology to product development to make professional-grade work, including laser cutting and 3D printing and the application of the Adobe suite. Students sell their products at the college Arts festival Couchfest and learn to maximise the worldwide market available to artists, designers and makers on the Internet.


Upon successful completion of the qualifications, students may choose to pursue further study or work in the arts.

Many Visual Arts Immersion students progress to the NCAT Folio Preparation or NCAT Photography programs. These are one-year programs aimed at building industry-related skills including training in the Adobe Suite, access to specialist elective subjects, drawing and course and careers counseling, enabling students to find out where their abilities can best be directed into a career. Over the past 25 years NCAT Folio Preparation and NCAT Photography have established relationships with all of the major TAFEs and universities.

NCAT Visual Arts Immersion graduates are guaranteed a position in these highly-respected programs, subject to interview.

Direct entry to Swinburne University of Technology